I suppose this whole Kawazuki deal is good if it keeps both companies in the bike business, but I suspect it will ultimately result in fewer choices for new bike buyers. But, who knows, maybe they'll come out with a W 650 powered by a Boost King engine.
What the hell? I thought they said they were going to keep Kawasaki and Suzuki motorcycle brands separate. Or are they? And just going to start a new brand? I don't care a whole lot about the rest of their businesses, since I'm not an enthusiast of large ships and economy cars. I'm not a die hard fan of any particular company (even tho I have two Suzukis), but it would be nice to see Suzuki and Kawasaki maintain some sort of heritage. If anything, they should at least keep their sport bike lines separate, since it seems that this is the segment with most brand-loyal customers among these two companies. I know it says they're just going to release one bike under a new brand, but could this spell the beginning of the end of the two brands? I hope not.
As for the GM branding analogy made by a poster above, I hope it doesn't get that bad. Remember, though, GM is an American car company. These are Japanese companies, which tend to make smarter decisions regarding their vehicles.
It may appear that Japanese companies make smarter decisions. The reality is products for the export market are tested on the domestic market first, and either not exported or fine-tuned. That in itself is a good strategy. My main point is that Toyota, Sony, Honda, Nikon, etc. sell just as many bad products to their domestic market as GM does here.
Hey, maybe now Kawasaki will run out of excuses for not building a new ZX-9R, or a GP1 bike, or (shock of shocks!) a new ZX-7RR! How old are those dinosaurs now? Hopefully they can accomplish two things at once by building a competitive liter bike that would be legal for WSB- if SBK ever get around to allowing Super Sport tuned liter bikes in, much like the British Superbike's coming season. For some strange reason, I am still holding out hope for Kawasaki... They are the underdog, and it would be cool to see them create a winning bike.
Re: New brand needs new name...let the contest begin
Well, at least the Japanese don't name their bikes like they do their concept cars. I can't recall any exactly off the top of my head, but I do remember one show car called something like the "Super Pop Joy Turbo" or something bizzare like that. I guess that's what you get when you use electronic translators. The alpha-numeric model designations work fine for me.